I was just imagining what prooftexts Calvinists would use if they argued like Arminians do, and I came up with a few... Romans 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved All means all, therefore Israel and ALL of his descendents -- no exceptions -- will be saved. They have no free-will choice in this matter. (Admittedly, some Calvinists interpret this verse to refer to a future time when every human being who happens to be in the country Israel will be saved.) 2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. When Paul says he endures "all things", he means he endures ALL things, no exceptions -- including everything from having canker sores to waiting in line for hours at Costco on a saturday afternoon. But he only did this for the elect, not for the non-elect. Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. The fact that the word "whoever" appears in this verse means that it must be open to everyone to call on the name of the LORD. Since God only elects SOME to be saved, that's why He makes sure the non-elect are born dumb (unable to speak) and therefore unable to call on the name of the LORD.